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Podcast episode #5, Catriona Ward on writing short stories, Little Eve & the importance of setting in her fiction

In this episode, Peter speaks to Catriona Ward whose second novel Little Eve, a 1920s murder mystery set on a remote Scottish island within a nature-worshipping cult, was nominated for a 2018 Shirley Jackson Award.

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Podcast episode #4, Jessica Gildersleeve on Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now

Peter speaks to professor Jessica Gildersleeve about Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 classic horror film Don’t Look Now.

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Katie Lowe interview: I wanted to do young women’s anger some kind of justice

Katie Lowe is a UK-based writer whose debut novel The Furies was released this May by HarperCollins in the UK and is coming later in October to the US with St. Martin’s Press. In her review for Sublime Horror, Rebecca Wojturska said that “Lowe has done a fantastic job of weaving so many threads together to create a hauntingly dark tale of adolescent female fury.” Here, Rebecca speaks to Lowe about The Furies, Lowe’s blogging and PhD, and the Gothic. 

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Podcast, episode #3: Niamh Boyce on her novel Her Kind and the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324

In this episode, Peter talks to novelist and poet Niamh Boyce whose new historical novel Her Kind is a reimagining of the events leading up to the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324.

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Interview with Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken, authors of Stoker’s Wilde

Stoker’s Wilde is a new novel for Flame Tree Press, co-written by writing partners Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken, that sees an unlikely adventuring party led by Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde battle dark forces firstly in Ireland and then in London, to prevent “a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell”. Here, Peter speaks to Melissa and Steven about the new book.

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Michelle Paver interview: ‘Suggestion is always more powerful than in-your-face horror’

Readers of Sublime Horror will likely know novelist Michelle Paver best for her acclaimed ghost stories Dark Matter and Thin Air. Amongst her extensive oeuvre is also the bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, consisting of six historical fantasy novels for children, to which three more books were recently announced. I had the pleasure of speaking to Michelle Paver about her latest book, Wakenhyrst, which is very much in the Gothic ghost story tradition, even more overtly Gothic than the previous two she has published. We spoke about the novel, the unusual elements that inspired it, as well as her love of ghost stories and the Gothic.

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Podcast, episode #2: Kendall R. Phillips on the birth of horror in American cinema

Peter talks to professor Kendall R. Phillips about his book, A Place of Darkness, and how horror developed in early American cinema up until the release of Dracula in 1931.

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Helen Marshall interview: ‘It’s more like a dream vision than a science fiction novel’

Helen Marshall is a World Fantasy Award-winning author. She has previously published two short story collections, Hair Side, Flesh Side and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, as well as two collections of poetry. The Migration is her first novel and it deftly combines horror, fantasy, and science fiction to tell an imaginative post-apocalyptic story. I spoke to Marshall about her new book, its themes and influences, the state of weird fiction, as well as her work as a creative writing teacher.

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Kate Pullinger: ‘The witch is such a contradictory and interesting figure’

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If you read my review of Kate Pullinger’s 1999 novel Weird Sister, you will know how much I enjoyed it and how relevant its ideas are today for the very same reasons that the study of witches and witchcraft remains as relevant as ever. Professor Marion Gibson’s reading list of witches in fiction introduced me to Weird Sister and the professor is also introducing the book to new generations of undergraduates as it features on a module she teaches at Exeter University; Pullinger says she gets students contacting her every year to ask questions for their essays. I spoke to Kate Pullinger about Weird Sister, her research into the Witches of Warboys, and her experiments with digital fiction.

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Melissa Edmundson: ‘The ghost story gave women a voice’

Melissa Edmundson is a literary historian specialising in nineteenth and early twentieth-century British women writers, especially those who wrote supernatural fiction. Much of her work centres on re-discovering those writers who have been forgotten. Edmundson is the editor of a new collection of ghost stories by Victorian women called Avenging Angelspublished by Victorian Secrets, an independent publisher dedicated to books about and from the nineteenth century.

If you wish to explore the area further, beyond Avenging Angels, Edmundson wrote for us a reading list of ghost stories by Victorian women writers. Here, I speak to Edmundson about the new collection and her chosen area of research.